Rod Hassett Engineering Scholarship

The Rod Hassett Engineering Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship for incoming students in the College of Engineering. This scholarship is part of the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity Scholars Program (LEED). It was formed to encourage students from Rufus King High School to pursue an engineering education at UW-Madison. The Rod Hassett Engineering Scholarship is renewable through graduation provided annual continuation criteria are met.

To be considered for the Hassett Scholarship, you MUST 1) complete a UW-Madison admissions application and 2) submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to UW-Madison.

We strongly encourage applicants to submit their FAFSA no later than the UW-Madison priority deadline of December 1, 2019, to avoid delays in evaluating your scholarship eligibility. Please note, however, that Early Action and Regular Decision applicants who submit a FAFSA after the priority deadline can still be considered for a Rockwell Scholarship. For more information on the FAFSA submission process and deadlines, refer to the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be:

  • Incoming freshman, enrolled full-time in any major in the College of Engineering
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Graduating from a Wisconsin High School

How to Apply
Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application, including academic merit, extracurricular activities, application essays and letters of recommendation. No additional Hassett Scholarship application is required.

The FAFSA must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid prior to awarding decisions and must be verified by OSFA prior to scholarship payment. Hassett awards will be communicated to admitted students by mid-February and/or early-April, depending on whether students’ admissions application was received by the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.

Selection Criteria
Selection is based on academic merit and quality of application materials. Preference is given to students who:

  • Meet Eligibility Criteria
  • Are graduating from Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, WI
  • Are African American
  • Are an other race/ethnicity underrepresented in engineering
  • Are historically underrepresented in engineering, including women, students from racial/ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in engineering, students whose parents/guardians did not attend college, low-income students, and educationally disadvantaged students

Award Information
One new incoming student is selected each year for an award of $5,000. The award is paid annually provided continuation criteria are met. Mr. Rod Hassett meets with all scholarship recipients at a group lunch each semester. Students awarded the Rod Hassett Engineering Scholarship become part of the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars. LEED Scholars receive academic resources and advising from the Diversity Affairs Office and participate in monthly student development meetings.

Donor Information
Rod Hassett is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and was former Vice President and Principal Engineer at Strand Associates. Mr. Hassett has been an adjunct faculty member teaching capstone design courses in Civil Engineering. He created this scholarship to support underrepresented students in engineering from his high school alma mater.

Conditions of Award

  • Make continued progress toward an engineering degree
  • Maintain a minimum 2.8 cumulative and term grade point average
  • Participate in LEED Scholars

College of Engineering, College of Engineering - Diversity Affairs Office